Kavanagh hits target to help 13-man Carlow seal fightback
A storming second-half display from Carlow footballers saw Luke Dempsey's men wipe out half-time arrears of eight points to win by four, despite finishing this final with 13 men at Tinryland.
Wexford's superior ranking in football looked to be manifesting itself as they bossed the first half of an open game. Goals from Ben Brosnan on 25 minutes and Adrian Flynn on 32 enabled the visitors to lead 2-7 to 0-5 at half- time, despite the fact that they were short many first-team regulars.
But some shrewd Carlow changes at the interval, allied to the second half use of the wind, completely changed the face of the game.
Carlow points from Ken Doyle, Johnny Kavanagh and substitute Simon Rea were supplemented by a Kavanagh goal before Ben Brosnan recorded Wexford's lone point of the second half (2-8 to 1-8).
But the final 15 minutes belonged to a Carlow. Dempsey's men had the momentum and seven unanswered points from the home county saw them deservedly collect the silverware.
Carlow were reduced to 14 men early in the second half when Eric McCormack received a straight red card. When Simon Rea retired injured in the final stages Carlow had introduced their five substitutes.
Scorers -- Carlow: J Kavanagh 1-4 (0-2f), S Rea 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 '45'), P Cashin 0-2, J Murphy, K Doyle, S Gannon, E McCormack, W Minchin 0-1 each. Wexford: B Brosnan 1-3 (0-1f), A Flynn 1-1, C Deely 0-2, E Bradley, C Byrne 0-1 each.
Carlow -- M Hennessy; S Daly, S Myers, P Murphy; P Cashin, M Nolan, D Dowling; J Murphy, K Doyle; J Doyle, S Gannon, M Davis; E McCormack, E O'Toole, J Kavanagh. Subs: S Rea for Davis (h/t); W Minchin for O'Toole (h/t); A Curran for Dowling (h/t); T Bolger for Daly (h/t); K Nolan for M Nolan (45).
Wexford -- J Russell; D Walsh, J Wadding, D Carter; K Kennedy, E Bradley, D Kehoe; D Waters, B Doyle; C Deeley, C Byrne, P Naughter; B Brosnan, A Flynn, C Carthy. Subs: T Sheehy for Waters (h/t); W Atkinson for Walsh (48); C Kenneally for Kehoe (51); R Tierney for Carter (58).
REF -- P Kneel (Louth).